One of the most talked-about facets of Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour is the 1,900 or so celebrity guests who’ve shown up. OK, maybe it hasn’t been that many, but it’s been a lot — at least one every night in a majority of the cities.
Most have some kind of local connection. Some, such as Julia Roberts and the U.S. women’s soccer champions, just get up and wave. All of the guest musicians, however, have performed one of their own songs with her. Here’s a sample guest list from some of the cities so far:
Los Angeles: Justin Timberlake, Natalie Maines, Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Beck, St. Vincent, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Lisa Kudrow.
Santa Clara, Calif.: Joan Baez, Julia Roberts, Fifth Harmony.
Seattle: Fetty Wap, Sean Mendes, Nico and Vinz, Ciara.
Chicago: Sam Hunt, Andy Grammer, “Empire’s” Serayah McNeill.
Washington, D.C.: Lorde, Jason Derulo.
East Rutherford, N.J.: U.S. women’s soccer team, Nick Jonas, the Weeknd, “Girls” cast, Haim.
While an out-of-towner could swoop in (i.e., Maddie and Tae, who open for Dierks Bentley in Wayzata on Friday), we can think of several Minnesotans she might invite to join her over her three-night stand in St. Paul:
Adam Young (Owl City)
Owatonna’s electro-pop Top 40 star traded emails with Swift when his hit “Fireflies” was flying high in 2009, and she went on to write the 2010 song “Enchanted” about him (which he later covered). And no, they reportedly were never an item, which is good news in this case. If not a live version of “Fireflies,” we could see her singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s parts in the top-10 Owl City duet “Good Time.” Odds: 2-1
After he co-wrote Grammy-winning hits for Adele and the Dixie Chicks, the Twin Cities music vet of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare notoriety helped Swift write “Treacherous” and “Come Back … Be Here” for her 2012 record “Red.” He lives in Los Angeles with his family now but always likes an excuse to come home. Semisonic’s 1998 hit “Closing Time” always goes over well near the end of a show. Odds: 3-1
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
You can hear the influence of the Minneapolis-reared, chart-topping producer and songwriter team (who got their start with the Time) all over “1989.” We could totally see her singing one of Janet Jackson’s Jam/Lewis collaborations with them, especially “Nasty Boys.” Odds: 8-1
OMG! How cool would that be? Many of her fans are too young to know Day’s group the Time, but she -- and especially her band -- must know them well from the movie “Purple Rain.” And anyway, “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” are timelessly fun party anthems that would be perfect for the occasion. She probably has a mirror he could use, too. Odds: 20-1.
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter
Swift is a hockey fan, and she’s performing here in an NHL arena. Both of these Minnesota Wild stars have solid local roots. Suter also used to play for her favorite team, the Nashville Predators. And unlike certain other famous local celebs (see below), the tall singer wouldn’t tower over the athletes. Odds: 25-1
They may have had a run-in at the Grammys or last year’s “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary party, but otherwise we don’t know if they’ve met. We do know, however, she’d go crazy doing any “Purple Rain” tune or “Kiss” with him. It would also be a nice way for him to get some more press for the new album he dropped this week. However, he’s down on a lot of today’s most heavily polished pop stars, and he’s not one for showing up at a party where he isn’t the most famous person in the room. Odds: 50-1